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archetype


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Archetype  \Ar"che*type\  ([aum]r"k[-e]*t[imac]p),  n.  [L. 
  archetypum  Gr  'arche`typon,  fr  'arche`typos  stamped  first 
  and  as  model;  'arche  =  'archi  +  ty`pos  stamp,  figure, 
  pattern,  ty`ptein  to  strike:  cf  F.  arch['e]type.  See 
  {Arch-},  pref.] 
  1.  The  original  pattern  or  model  of  a  work  or  the  model  from 
  which  a  thing  is  made  or  formed. 
 
  The  House  of  Commons,  the  archetype  of  all  the 
  representative  assemblies  which  now  meet 
  --Macaulay. 
 
  Types  and  shadows  of  that  glorious  archetype  that 
  was  to  come  into  the  world.  --South. 
 
  2.  (Coinage)  The  standard  weight  or  coin  by  which  others  are 
  adjusted. 
 
  3.  (Biol.)  The  plan  or  fundamental  structure  on  which  a 
  natural  group  of  animals  or  plants  or  their  systems  of 
  organs  are  assumed  to  have  been  constructed;  as  the 
  vertebrate  archetype. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  archetype 
  n  :  an  original  model  on  which  something  is  patterned  [syn:  {original}, 
  {pilot}] 




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